How leave entitlements affect the pension during the pandemic

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Carol has been stood down but has paid long service leave and wants to know what happens to her pension in this situation

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Q. Carol
I have been stood down from a casual position, due to COVID-19, and I am also on the Age Pension. At this stage it is uncertain whether my situation will be permanent or temporary. My work has offered me my long service leave while I am not being paid. How will this affect my pension? It will probably be about $2600.

A. This is a little bit of a tricky situation as it really does depend on whether your employment situation with your employer is temporary or permanent.

Leave payments paid on cessation of employment are not assessed as income for pensioners of Age Pension age, however, if a pensioner receives paid leave as part of a continuing employer/employee relationship, the amount received is assessed as employment income under the normal income test.

As you were already receiving income from an employer prior to being stood down, and provided you take the long service leave in staggered payments to match the income you would have received in a regular pay cycle, it will not change your regular assessment or payment.

If you decide to take the long service leave payment as a lump sum, it is possible that it could reduce your age pension payments if this is more income than you would normally receive from your employer.

How has the coronavirus pandemic affected your financial situation? Have you been stood down from part-time work? Do you think the government is doing enough to support those who are over Age Pension age and working?

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    I’m not sure if companies can ‘force” people to take their long service leave during this time. My step brother is being focred to take 1 annual leave day a week as well- he works at a funeral place. people are still dying, but not having the big funerals etc. so less work.
    i think when this is all over, the fair work trade commission are going to have a lot of dodgy work place practice cases to look at.

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    No, I don’t.

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    I believe you need to be given 2 months notice to be forced to take long service leave . Correct me if I am wrong

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      Neil, it depends on which state you’re working in. You’d have to check out the fair work ombudsman or even the current workplace agreement.


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